The Centre for Ibsen Studies has a large collection of material by and about Henrik Ibsen. The library is located in Henrik Wergelands hus (room 215). Everyone is welcome to visit us and use our library to read books and articles. Unfortunately, we do not provide the option of borrowing material home with you.
Regular opening hours
- Mon–fri: 09.00–15.45
The library is closed on all public and official holidays.
Librarian office hours
- Mon: 09.00–16.00
- Wed: 13.15–16.00
- Fri: 09.00–16.00
We have two computer work stations where you can for example search our collection. The library has a copying machine available for our visitors, and scanning and printing is also possible.
About the collections
The Ibsen Centre Library is a university library with emphasis on Henrik Ibsen. The physical collection includes the major Norwegian editions (e.g. Henrik Ibsen's Writings) and the most comprehensive collections of works in German, French and English. We also have translations of individual works into many languages in addition to DVD's and audio recordings for use in teaching. The books, videos and audio recordings are searchable in Oria.
Some Scandinavian and English theater and literature journals related to Ibsen Studies are available here, and a good reference collection containing drama theory and history, literature theory and history, handbooks, dictionaries in many languages, encyclopedias etc.
The collection also contains over 15,000 articles about Ibsen's life and works. The articles are searchable in The International Ibsen Bibliography (those registered after 2015 is searchable also in Oria).
In addition, the library gives you access to digital articles, audio and images through a number of database subscriptions in collaboration with the University of Oslo Library. You also have access to good quality digital dictionaries.
Databases Ibsen Studes
Þ = Access only from campus or from home with swipe login (your UiO username and password)
Atekst from Retriever gives archive access to Norwegian newspapers and full-text
Bibliography of the Swedish History of Literature
A database of books and articles within the fields of Swedish literary science and history of Swedish literature developed by Uppsala University Library and now a sub-database of the national catalog LIBRIS
- Digital theatre+ Þ
Username and password for trial access is provided by the librarian – her
DLB – Bibliography of Danish Literary History The main bibliography in the fields of Danish literary science and history of Danish literature. Operated by the Royal Library in Denmark
Norwegian museum collections: art, applied arts, cultural history and much more
Explore 48,633,358 artworks, artefacts, books, videos and sounds from across Europe
Google Arts & Culture
Access to high-resolution images of artwork in a number of museums around the world. You can also move around the museums with Google Street View technology. It can be limited to the categories Artists, Mediums, Art movements, Historical events, Historical figures, and Places
- Google Scholar
Academic literature and research. Scientific books, journals, reports and dissertations
National Library's catalog of private archives, individual manuscripts and letters
Search for all known performances of Ibsen's plays. Updated by the Centre for Ibsen Studies
Internet Movie DataBase
Search the world's largest movie database
More than 2000 full-text journals, of which about 230 are in the arts and architecture. Interdisciplinary and good at performing arts
- Littforsk – Bibliography of Norwegian research in literature
A database containing references to research on literature published primary in Norway, including books, theses, and articles from books and journals. Operated by the National Library of Norway
MLA – Modern Language Association International Bibliography Þ
An index of research literature (books and articles) in languages, literature, linguistics and folklore. Powered by MLA
MLA international bibliography with full text Þ
EBSCOhost. Full text database listing and subject index of scholarly books and articles on modern languages, literature, linguistics, rhetoric and composition, folklore and film since 1926
- Nationaltheatrets arkiv (forestillinger og manus)
National Theater's script archive
- NORA – Norwegian Open Research Archives
Academic publications at Norwegian academic and research libraries. Search articles, conference contributions, dissertations, etc.
An index for Norwegian and Nordic journal articles. Updated by the National Library
Norsk litteraturkritikk (Formerly called "Beyer Base")
A bibliography of literary criticism published in Norwegian media. It also contains some reviews of Norwegian literature published in foreign media
NYPL Digital Collections
The New York Public Library has scanned more than 840,000 high-resolution images that can be used legally. The database is updated daily with new material, including prints, photographs, maps, posters, menus, illustrations, catalogs etc.
Search for performances, singers and opera houses in Europe
- Ordnett Þ
Dictionaries from the publisher Kunnskapsforlaget: Norwegian, English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Swedish
Free online access to all issues of the American theater magazine PLAYBILL. Search the largest BROADWAY database online
- Project Muse
Interdisciplinary base with Humanities journals
A digital archive of theater in Denmark from the 2009/2010 season. Find information about productions, performances and theatrical activities
- Sakprosabibliografi (Forskningsmiljøet Norsk sakprosa)
The International Ibsen Bibliography
Search references to material by and about Henrik Ibsen. Terms for topics and genres used in the Ibsen bibliography can be found here og here (Norwegian terms only). Academically responsible for the bibliography is the Center for Ibsen Studies
The Virtual Ibsen Centre
The Ibsen Center's web portal for digital research tools (incl. The international Ibsen Bibliography, The Ibsen Archive, Henrik Ibsen's Writings, IbsenStage and The Multilingual Ibsen)
Avant-garde documentation online. Visual, concrete and audio poetry, expanded to include film and sound art mp3 archives
- University of Oslo Library – Subject pace for Scandinavian Studies
Databases, journals, keywords etc.